Traditions across Europe-an eTwinning project

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Our Visit To The City of Manchester Stadium July 14, 2009

Filed under: Traditional Sports — philjohnson @ 7:56 pm

Where do your children go on day trips from school ? On Monday 13th July Class 4 had a trip to see a stadium preparing for the new Premier League soccer season.

The stadium was built for the purpose of England staging the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The Commonwealth is a group of countries which used to be part of the British Empire . (Almost all those nations who speak English, for example : Canada , India , South Africa , Australia , Hong Kong , Pakistan , Jamaica , Kenya , New Zealand and many others)

 The stadium is interesting in that, at first, it had just 2 tiers of seating but when the Games were over they dug deep into the ground where the pitch is now so that a third tier of seats could also be added. The bottom third is therefore below ground level.

 The Queen opened the Games in 2002 along with David    Beckham and her leather chair is still in position. Some people feel that because the Manchester Games of 2002 were a success, it increased London ’s chances of being selected as the Olympics venue for 2012.

 There are air vents high up in the stadium which allow air to circulate during the week to help dry the pitch ( Manchester is a rainy city) but these are closed during games so the fans are not too cold ! There is a road underneath the stadium which ambulances use as well as the away team bus so it can enter the basement of the stadium.

 The stadium holds 48,000 fans – it is the fourth largest League ground in England . (only Manchester United, Arsenal and Sunderland are bigger)

 Sportcity is the name of this area of East Manchester where all the Games were held. The national squash and cycling centres are here and we visited the Velodrome where the British cycling team (including Chris Hoy) are based half of the year. Some of the team were arriving for training when we were there. In Sportcity there is also an athletics track and a tennis centre.

 After the games, Manchester City F.C. reached an agreement to take over the stadium and leave their home in South Manchester where they had been for over 100 years. They are the only major English club to have been started by a woman – she believed the local men in the 1870’s needed something to occupy them to stop their habit of drinking and getting into trouble !

 The exits are circular tubes, similar to the San Siro stadium in Milan , Italy . Our tour guide explained that this was because the ground can be emptied in 8 minutes in an emergency.

Regular fans are the boxer Ricky Hatton and Liam and Noel Gallagher of the band, Oasis. In our photographs you will see us outside one of the executive boxes where wealthy fans have a 4 course meal before matches, us sitting in the directors’ leather chairs and also by the side of the pitch.




Philip and the class 4 – Churchfields Primary Schoo l- Chesterton, Newcastle-under Lyme- UK


National School Sport Week 2009 July 6, 2009

Filed under: events,New traditions,Traditional Sports — philjohnson @ 10:40 pm

Churchfields Primary School made a concerted effort to participate in this Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week by carrying out the following activities, in addition to normal P.E. lessons.

The Year 4’s were taken to Chesterton High School ’s Sports Centre for basketball and five-a-side football. 100_0024[1]

Later that day Year 5’s, in association with numerous schools in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent , took part in the Guinness Book of World Records attempt at skipping. There were two independent witnesses who joined us to sign that they had seen 12 of our children pass the specified amount of time required to continuously skip.



 Year 5’s used the High School’s tennis courts to play various sets of mixed doubles which provided an added dimension to the skills they had been practising back at school.An inter-school rounders tournament took place at the High School. We also invited Friarswood Primary School to join us for an extra-curricular basketball game.




There was a lunchtime intra-school soccer competition which the ‘Yellow Tigers’ won.



There was aerobic activity for Year 3’s presented by former pupil Fay Braxton.


An inter-school swimming gala was organised by Sarah Jackson (Chesterton Primary) and Sarah Beech, attended by three schools.






Key stage One would be targeted the following week with the following sessions :

multi-skills session for Year 2’s  

 a streetdance session for Years 1 and 2 

        a family ‘mothers and toddlers’ swim for Reception children.



The scheme definitely raised the profile of sport in our school and gave some children the opportunity to ‘try out’ some sports they might not normally be exposed to. There ought to be one more often !!



Phil and  the Class 4 – Churchfields Primary School – Chesterton, Newcastle-under- Lyme – UK



Hurling- A Traditional Irish Sport October 14, 2008

Filed under: Traditional Sports — stbrendans @ 3:34 pm
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Hurling is a unique Irish field game. It is the fastest field game in the world. In hurling you use a stick called a hurley and a ball called a sliotar and you wear a helmet to protect your head. The aim of the game is to get the most goals and points within 70 minutes. A goal is worth 3 points. After 35 minutes through the game its half time. Hurling is a lot like hockey except in hockey you don’t raise the ball whereas in hurling you do. A hurley is made from ash and a sliotar is made from leather. A sliotar is much like a cricket ball but it’s lighter. Ireland’s Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe It cost 260 million euro to build. It can hold up to 83,000 people. The stadium has two large screens at either side of the pitch. The All Ireland final is always played on the first Sunday of September and it is played in Croke Park every year. Our county Kilkenny won their 31st All-Ireland final last Sunday against our neighbouring county Waterford. This year I was there myself. Waterford had not been in the All-Ireland final for the past 43 years!!!. Waterford had more supporters because they were so eager to win it. Every year you were allowed to run on the pitch after the game but this year you were not allowed to go on the pitch but everyone did anyway, (including me!!!). When the match was over the winning team lifts a cup called the Liam Mc Carthy Cup. The Kilkenny colours are black and amber. The Waterford colours are blue and white. There are 5 different areas in Croke Park, there’s Hill 16, the Hogan stand, Nally stand, the Cusack stand and the Canal End. I was standing on Hill 16. Kilkenny is the most successful hurling team in Ireland. Cork is another successful hurling team in Ireland with 30 All-Ireland titles.

Kieran Purcell

5th class